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Huntington Notes on the Bench Battle, Final Rotation Spot, Kang, Richard, and Stewart

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts today, sending 12 players to minor league camp. None of the moves were that surprising, as every single player sent down was expected to be cut from big league camp at some point this Spring. The one notable name was Jose Tabata. He wasn’t notable because he had a strong chance to make the team, but he was notable because of...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes: The Upcoming Cuts, McCutchen Returns, Stewart Rehab Update

There are less than two weeks remaining before the start of the regular season. I detailed the bullpen situation for the Pittsburgh Pirates today, noting the players who are competing for the final two spots. There are about four players competing for those spots, but beyond those four players, the Pirates have eight pitchers in camp who have no shot at making the team. That means...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Sanchez Will Make the Pirates Roster Due to Chris Stewart Injury

This isn’t really a big surprise, but Clint Hurdle announced today to the media that Tony Sanchez is on the team, due to Chris Stewart’s hamstring injury. The Pirates announced earlier this week that Stewart would need about two weeks off, which would have pushed him up to the start of the season. He will probably need some rehab time after that to get built up for the season...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Worley Remains in the Driver’s Seat For the Final Starting Spot; Stewart Injury Update

Vance Worley threw four shut out innings today in the Pirates’ 4-2 victory against the Orioles. Worley got through the first three innings with ease, allowing only one base runner and avoiding any solid contact. The fourth inning provided a little more stress for Worley when he gave up a walk to Chris Davis and a line drive single to former Pirate Travis Snider, but he was able...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Stewart < 500

If you’ve been paying much attention to the evolution of the sabermetric-leaning public’s understanding of catcher framing for the last couple years, you know that it feels like more of a positive feedback loop than anything: every study that comes out seems to amplify the effect of good framing catchers even further. Last month, Jonathan Judge, Harry Pavlidis, and Dan Brooks...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Stewart comes off DL, Tony Sanchez to Indy

The @Pirates reinstate C Chris Stewart from the 15-day DL; option C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis. — MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) April 19, 2014 New Pirates catcher Chris Stewart has finished his rehab in the minors and has joined the team, meaning Tony Sanchez is headed back to Indianapolis to play every day. When Stewart was acquired, I wasn’t a fan of the move...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

News and notes: Trade rumors, Stewart/Sanchez, Lambo

This looked like it was going to be a mostly drama-free spring for the Pirates — and to this point, I would say it still has been — but recently a few issues have popped up that could cause the Bucs to make some last minute changes. Opening Day is less than two weeks away now, so it’s getting close to roster-crunch time. There are some trade rumors surrounding Vin Mazzaro...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Chris Stewart expected to undergo knee surgery

Facing a grim prognosis following a knee injury last week, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart will visit Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion which is expected to result in surgery.#Pirates announce that C Chris Stewart will visit Dr. James Andrews to evaluate right knee injury. Surgery "probable."— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) March 17, 2014The 32-year old was considered the...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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